One thing you can say with certainty about the Buccaneers is, they have a wealth of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. And Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter likes to make use of all of them.
Koetter is a big proponent of spreading the ball around, primarily in the passing game, but he admits he can sometimes get a little carried away with that idea. He certainly did on Sunday.
As usual, Koetter put together a game plan for the Falcons that made use of a variety of pass-catching options. Midway through, though, he realized he wasn’t making enough use of one of his best options.
“At halftime, when the offensive coaches were meeting, I said ‘We have to get the ball to Mike Evans more,’’ Koetter said. “We didn’t target Mike enough in the first half.’’
The Bucs barely targeted Evans at all in the first half. While Vincent Jackson was thrown six passes and running back Doug Martin and slot receiver Adam Humphries were each thrown five, Evans was thrown two.
That ratio changed dramatically in the second half, when Evans became the target of five passes, including one that he hauled in for a 45-yard touchdown that broke the Falcons backs.
The result was a five-reception day in which Evans tied Martin for the team lead in catches and gained a team-high 99 yards to help the Bucs beat the Falcons 31-24.
“We did a lot better job of (getting the ball to Evans) in the second half,’’ Koetter said. “I mean, sometimes, when you have your superstar-type players, you’ve just got to force the ball to them.
“Well, not force the ball; but you do have to get the ball to them a little more and we didn’t do a good enough job of that (in the first half) with Mike. And again, that was all on me.’’